West Cumbria apprentice takes first step on career ladder

A young car enthusiast from West Cumbrian has embarked on three-year apprenticeship with the aim of becoming the best in the business.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Hannon has been accepted by Workington Volkswagen retailer Walkingshaw to be the latest recruit on the technician apprenticeship scheme.

Over the next three years Walkingshaw will invest nearly £30,000 to train Daniel through to technician status.

Daniel, who lives in High Harrington, has joined straight after leaving Southfield Technology College and is looking forward to achieving his ambition of working on Volkswagen vehicles.

He said: “I love all types of vehicles and this is the only job I have ever wanted to do. I am passionate about the Volkswagen brand and I want to go as far in my career as I can.

“I am over the moon to I be given this opportunity and very grateful to Walkingshaw Volkswagen for giving me this chance.”

Walkingshaw’s brand manager, Andy Walkingshaw, said: “In the current economic climate, it’s important local businesses give youngsters the opportunity to learn and develop a career.

“Daniel’s passion for cars was one of the main reasons why he’s been given this place on the apprenticeship programme.

“I’m confident Daniel will come through the three years with flying colours.”